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Author Topic: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module  (Read 451 times)

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Cartermount will be a Kato Unitrack-compatible module built on a 3mm styrene sheet base which will represent a tiny sliver of a wayside town with a double-track mainline through its centre.

The location's name is based on a street where I lived, that happens to coincide with the surname of a former U.S. president.
Having checked the U.S. Board on Geographic Names database, there's no such place over there
https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=138:1:1229000951660

Shops and services will be named after my relatives, of whom both my cousins live in the U.S.
Their maiden names were Cotton, hence my choice of railroad, but its parent body, the Southern Pacific (SP or Espee), will also feature.

I may refer to earlier topics about previous modules that I've made on this forum:

Expanding Unitrack by home-made modules/sections http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16430.msg162865#msg162865

Southgrove - modular layout based on Kato Unitrack http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=34558.msg401827#msg401827

I must warn you that progress will be slow because I have outstanding work to complete on other models.
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Hi GC4946, I'm looking forward to progress reports and photos of your new layout project.

 
Cheers,
Rich S.

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Hi gc4946

Yes!! SSW/SP!! A great choice for the project!!!
This will be a magnificent module!!!
I'm very much looking forward to seeing the development of this project!!
Did I mention that SSW and SP are wonderful choice? Superb!!

Dats  :camera:
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I must warn you that progress will be slow because I have outstanding work to complete on other models.

At least you have an excuse thatís much better than mine for slow progrsss!

Looking forward to seeing thing emerge.

Donald

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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 07:13:44 pm »
This is version 1.
I want the railroad to run through the centre of town, slicing it in two.



Bear in mind, these are Kato DioTown road sections, with Japanese road markings, and they drive on the left as in Britain.
They'll be amended to reflect U.S. practice!

The double track level crossing was scratchbuilt on a 3mm styrene sheet base using Unitrack parts.



I've set out a storage compound, to be called Albion Vehicle Hires, for a pair of ex-British buses which were sold out of service to be hired for special occasions. Parts are stored in an old Cotton Belt boxcar.

Both buses are Graham Farish Scenecraft (part of Bachmann), they were tooled up at 1:160 scale in error - which was a subject of criticism because they looked under scale against the normal larger 1:148 British N scale - the one with the front bonnet is a Bristol Lodekka and the full-windscreen bus is a Bristol VR.

My only U.S. vehicles are those made by Bachmann sold as item no. 7020 automobile set #2 in a blister pack of 8, of which 2 are displayed.
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Hi

Great start!!
I like the fact a great crossing in the middle.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!!

Dats
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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2017, 07:00:23 am »
Don't forget to put fake London destination blinds and "London Transport" on the side of your buses - even if they have never run there in their life!
Seemed to be the "in thing" to do with exported double deck vehicles to the US in the past. At least yours are red - you very rarely see any in colours other than that over there (apart from those that Big Bus Tours operate).

Fake blinds....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/72399068@N08/8154520171/in/album-72157649521803605/

Red as well....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/72399068@N08/8605696037/in/album-72157649521803605/
Though at least the fleetname is different.

In Canada, however, you can see other liveries...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/72399068@N08/15987051481/in/album-72157629102764952/
That one has unfortunately been converted to open top and painted yellow now though, but still runs in the Toronto area.

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Re: Cartermount - a Kato Unitrack post-1980 era Cotton Belt/SP module
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2017, 06:46:01 pm »
Most of the street corners will be filled with "mom and pop" stores named after relatives.
The vehicle compound is currently the only area earmarked as (relatively) open space.

Plastic is my preferred construction material - be it from kits or scratchbuilt.
I'm aiming for a "small town" atmosphere somewhere in Texas (one of my cousins lives there)

BTW my only visit to mainland U.S. was via LA airport flying to San Francisco where mum and I stayed for two nights at the end of a round-the-world trip in 2000 taking in the Sydney Olympics and two nights in Honolulu.
At the time we had lost touch with both our cousins who we eventually traced several years later.
 

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